Thu, Nov 29
6:00pm - 8:00pm
92 classes have spots left
Simplify your holidays with one centerpiece to adorn all of your holiday feasts. Dish gardens are miniature landscapes grown in shallow containers that may be used as living centerpieces throughout the year. Learn about different containers, materials needed to assemble them, and proper plant selection. Then create your own beautiful, functional...
Thursday Nov 29th, 6pm - 8pm
Explore the winter containers at the Garden and learn ways to extend your own containers into the winter season. Then prepare a container with fresh-cut evergreen boughs and berried or brightly colored branches. Please bring gloves and pruners.
Tuesday Dec 4th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Fall is a great time to work on deciduous bonsai trees. In this class, we will discuss deciduous bonsai care and how it changes from season to season, including feeding, pruning, and repotting. Fall is the time to wire deciduous trees, so be sure to bring your tree to discuss their design.
Tuesday Nov 27th, 6pm - 9pm
For years Marta McDowell has been occupied with writers who garden, and whose horticultural interests have changed her planting beds as well as her bookshelves. Starting with Mark Twain and connecting to authors ranging from Henry David Thoreau to Louisa May Alcott, this lecture explores the writing-gardening connection. A book sale and signing will...
Sunday Nov 18th, 1pm - 2:30pm
This class is going to focus on pine care, soil type, feeding, needle pruning, de-candling, wiring of trees and more! Bring in your pines to work on after an in-depth presentation on care.
Wednesday Dec 12th, 6pm - 9pm
To add a breath of spring to your home this winter, join William Moss as he demonstrates the proper techniques for forcing bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and minor bulbs. Learn how to choose varieties that are good performers as well as how to combine them in one pot for a mini-garden effect. You will then pot up some bulbs to take...
Saturday Nov 17th, 9am - 11am
Join Jeff Epping in an exploration of some of the finest public gardens in the United States, from the High Line and Battery Park in New York City to the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Gorgeous gardens in the Netherlands, France, and England are also on the docket. Epping will illustrate how innovative designers and gardeners have showcased great...
Thursday Feb 14th, 7pm - 8:30pm
The best time to prune most trees and shrubs is quickly approaching. Proper pruning is the key to maintaining plant health and the desired form. Learn the basic techniques for dormant winter pruning. Basic pruning principles for trees and shrubs will be reviewed, as will the application of various pruning tools. A portion of the class will consist...
Saturday Dec 1st, 9am - 11:30am
Looking for a great date idea, a getaway or outing with friends, no worries! We’ve got you covered. It’s a perfect activity to de-stress and introduce nature into your urbanite life! Join us to make terrariums at VIP Paints where you’ll learn in building your own little worlds! The instructors provide info on what makes a healthy terrarium,...
Monday Nov 19th, 6pm - 7pm
When holiday flowers like poinsettias and amaryllis start showing up in the stores (or come to you as holiday gifts), will you know what to do with them? Learn ways to keep flowering holiday plants looking their best for a long time. We’ll also look at the possibility of re-blooming some of them next year.
Sunday Dec 2nd, 1pm - 3pm
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In espalier, a woody plant is trained as a vertical trunk with horizontal branches in a single plane. This technique exemplifies the art and science of horticulture, for it is both beautiful and productive. Topics include espalier history, contemporary applications for fruit trees, and tools and supplies. You will gain experience in identifying...
Saturday Jan 12th, 9am - 12pm
In the fall, the Garden’s Greenhouses are brimming with poinsettias and other holiday plants of many hues. Join Tim Pollak to learn about propagation techniques, greenhouse environmental and computer systems, watering and fertilizing equipment, and how the growing space is managed throughout the year.
Saturday Dec 8th, 9am - 11am
If you are new to gardening or new to the Midwest, join us for a discussion on how our climate and the change of seasons can affect your garden. We'll examine how each season presents gardeners with ongoing challenges (temperature and moisture extremes, soil problems, and wind). Then we'll consider some ways to meet those challenges and have a successful...
Saturday Feb 2nd, 10am - 12pm
Join horticulturist Lisa Hilgenberg to learn the basic techniques and tools required to grow your own vegetables. Site selection, bed and soil preparation, seed sowing, transplanting, and harvesting techniques are just part of what will be covered. This introductory vegetable-growing class is best suited for those with little or no vegetable-growing...
Saturday Jan 26th, 9am - 11am
Students will be introduced to professional gardening through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. They will focus on acquiring solid gardening skills, learning about a variety of techniques, and developing the ability to determine best practices. Topics range from general grounds maintenance, winterization, plantings, and other...
Saturday Jan 26th, 7:30am - 10:30am(6 sessions)